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Sarah Kellogg goes up for a layup against Choctaw. (Staff photo by Shelly Holinsworth)
By Jeff Harrison
Staff Writer

The Mustang girls earned their first win of the season Thursday evening, but closed out the Ardmore Holiday Festival with back-to-back losses.

The Lady Broncos opened the tournament with a victory against El Reno. Unfortunately for the Mustang girls, the momentum didn’t carry over against a pair of hometown squads. They lost to Ardmore in the semifinals and later Plainview in the third-place game.

“I’m just so proud of how our girls fought til the end,” Mustang coach Kevin Korstjens said after Saturday’s loss to Plainview. “I can’t wait to play again.”

Brooke Irwin helped the Mustang girls notch their first win of the season Thursday night. The senior put up 21 points and 15 rebounds as the Lady Broncos down El Reno 61-53.

Becca Hicks was also in double figures scoring with 16 points and five rebounds.

Mustang overcame a slow start to take the lead at halftime. Irwin and Hicks each scored six points in the second, helping the Lady Broncos take a 32-27 lead at the break.

Irwin continued to assault the Indians defense in the second. She scored eight in the third and six in the fourth quarter, helping Mustang to the 61-53 win.

Nicole Graham led El Reno with 22 points. Lexus Halfred added 10 points in the loss.

The Lady Indians, ranked No. 8 in Class 5A, went on to win the consolation championship with wins over Wichita Falls (Texas) and Western Heights.

Ardmore 55, Mustang 38
The Mustang girls kept with Ardmore through three quarters, but the final eight minutes were a different story. The Lady Broncos scored just seven points in the final eight minutes as they lost 55-38 in Friday’s semifinal game.
Laci Joyner and Sarah Kellogg each scored eight points to lead Mustang. Addy Lawson added seven points.
Mustang kept things close in the first half. They were down by just three at the end of the first and trailed 21-17 at halftime.
Ardmore started to pull away in the third. Christa Pickens and Tee Taylor combined to score 14 points as the Tigers led 38-31 heading into the fourth.
Mustang scored just seven points in the fourth as Ardmore earned the 55-38 win.
Taylor led all scorers with 25 points.

Plainview 52, Mustang 49
The Lady Broncos looked to bounce back Saturday but were dealt another tough loss. Plainview rallied from a third-quarter deficit to earn a 52-49 win in the third-place contest.

“We did a great job defensively and with defensive rebounds. I was so proud of their effort on that end,” Korstjens said. “Offensively, we need to take better advantage of the opportunities we get with free throws, good shots inside five feet.”

Irwin recorded her second double-double of the tournament. She finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Plainview. Madison Maxwell added 10 points and four rebounds.

Mustang led by a point at the end of the first quarter, but trailed 31-30 at halftime.

The Lady Broncos again grabbed the lead in the third quarter. They held Plainview to just five points in the quarter. Irwin provided a boost with eight points as Mustang led 40-36.

Plainview rallied back with 15-point effort in the fourth. Rebecca Wright scored nine points in the quarter helping the Indians to a 52-49 win.

Wright and Megan Shelton each finished with 17 points to lead Plainview.

Deer Creek beat Ardmore 46-28 to win the girls’ tournament championship Saturday.

After a busy weekend, Mustang must wait almost a week for their next game. The Lady Broncos return to Metro Athletic Conference play on Tuesday, Jan. 7 when they host Putnam City.

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